I can't recommend DP 26 highly enough. I heartily encourage anyone who has not already bought it to do so. You will not be disappointed. Parts of it are even better than Live Dead.
April 25, 2010 Subject:
a nice companion to the Fillmore West DS's
This one is ferocious, relentless. I have a pretty good cassette, and TC is quite audible throughout, which he isn't always from this era (Live Dead being a perfect example). Also, there's some serious primal Dead going on during Lovelight, and the segues into M&MU and then SOTOTW are classic.
I think this is the better of the 2 shows featured on DP 26. Great DS>SS>11. this dark star gives 4/22 a run for its money; some real intense moments and some great phil/jer interaction. Excellent Eleven, the lovelight sandwich and Sitting' on Top of the World are also real nice.
p.s. I hate how on a lot of official releases (and some shows on the IA) they include the B-major jam as part of St. Stephen. William Tell is part of SS, the B-major sequence IS NOT.
January 17, 2010 Subject:
Maybe this jogs some memories
Hey Magicastle - maybe this jogs your memory. It's a photo I found from inside Aveda. Looks like the 4th floor too, from the shape of the windows.
April 27, 2009 Subject:
40 Years Later
This was always one of my favorite tapes - and i do mean "tapes!"
add 4/23/69 for some bright, sunny Spring tunes, drivin' and blarin'...
May 28, 2008 Subject:
Labor Temple info
If anyone cares, the 'Labor Temple' is on the 4th floor of (what is now) the Aveda beauty school on 4th & Central in Minneapolis, not to far from the U of M. Apparently, this was one REALLY HIP place to see a show back in the 60's... I think the Dead may have been the first band to play there (I may be wrong), But anyway, that would probably explain the WONDERFUL vibe of this show! I wonder if Aveda would let us up there, I'm sure the big room/theatre is still there....
May 24, 2004 Subject:
About 8:30 into this beautiful Dark Star, I heard Mickey making bird chirping sounds! Weird, I thought, I've never heard that in a 69 concert! But then I realized that the chirping might be coming from outside my window, so I turned down the volume. And lo and behold, for the next 5 minutes I was chirping back and forth with this bird, me with my Dark Star (yeah, it's mine), her with her chirp chirp. I'd play it loud for a few seconds then cut it, and this bird would chirp for a few seconds then stop. Now if getting a bird to sing with you for 5 min isn't proof there's some premordial shit behind this music, nothing is.